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This book captivated me from the beginning starting with the foreword by Heather Armstrong and kept me reading to the very end. Heather shared her story of being a child of divorce from her perspective as an adult who is going through the very same thing with her children.
There is lots of great advice in this book but my absolute favorite was the quote from Melinda's daughter who was ten at the time. She said "When you tell your kids you're getting divorced, hand them cupcakes first." A wise person knows that cupcakes make everything better!
The driving message of this book is that you can have a good parenting relationship with your ex-partner so long as you put the children first. This book tells you what you need to know to make this happen and Melinda does it with honesty and humor. She includes several pages of resources for readers who need additional help.
In part IV Melinda says "Your children are watching and learning how to behave in a crisis: with integrity or deceit; grace or malice. Choose wisely and use your powers for good." This is great advice that I wish I'd been given when I was going through a similar situation. I can't help but think that this book would make an excellent present for someone you know who needs it.
The information in this book is also helpful for family members who are on the sidelines of those going through the process as well as those evaluating their current relationships.
What especially resonated with me was the repeating message to release resentment and move forward with empathy and hope. To me that acknowledges all the seething mess of bad feelings and encourages channeling it into refocusing on the life you want to live forward.
If you've been following Mindy on her blog, TheMommyBlog(dot)com, through the years, you know she speaks from experience; her wit and heart are familiar friends. If this is your first time reading Mindy's work, you're in for a treat. I highly recommend this book.
Rosalind Sedacca, Founder, Child-Centered Divorce Network